The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. God is one but because He is Spirit, He is manifested in three forms, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. We saw why Jesus became flesh and came into this world, died and rose again. Nearly 800 years before Christ, the prophet Joel prophesied that God would send us His Holy Spirit [Joel 2:28-29]. Jesus was limited in the flesh and had to leave the world, so that this promise could be fulfilled [John 16:7]. Jesus himself said to His disciples that they would receive power when the Holy Spirit would come upon them [Acts 1:8] and this gift was not meant only for the disciples but for all of us who believe in Jesus [John 7:39].
With the in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit, the Kingdom of God is established in us. The visible sign of this is righteousness, peace and joy [Romans 14:17]. But due to lack of knowledge of the Word of God, many who believe in Jesus do not know about this and never experience it. The Holy Spirit is our Helper / Counselor / Comforter [John 14:26], our Teacher [1 Corinthians 2:13] and Guide [John 16:13]. The key to living eternal life on earth is through the Holy Spirit.
The power of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit empowers us with His fruits [Galatians 5:22] and gifts [1 Corinthians 12:4-11] to live out our life and this is the secret to living our victorious Christian life i.e. firstly the knowledge of who we are and secondly the knowledge of the power that is in us through the Holy Spirit. The same power that raised Christ from the dead is within us [Romans 8:11]. When we allow our lives to be led by the Holy Spirit and operate in the fruits and gifts or the Spirit, we experience a ‘Spirit filled life’. This is the life that God desires each of us to have. The Holy Spirit is a gift to every person who believes, and when the Holy Spirit takes up residence in us, the gift of speaking in tongues is usually manifested. This is a very important and useful gift that edifies and builds us up. The more we make use of this gift, the more we understand the mysteries of God revealed to us [1 Corinthians 14:2].
When the Holy Spirit manifests His power in us, signs and wonders are bound to follow [Mark 16:17]. Why then do we see most Christians living defeated lives? It’s because they are all bound up in religion. They are always focusing on what they can do to please God, comparing their deeds with others. In other words they are self-centered and instead of accepting God’s perfect saving grace, they think that they can do it on their own without help from God. No wonder we do not see the power of God manifest in their lives. Religious people often fall into the trap that when they pray long enough or hard enough or if they fast and do great religious acts, that God will move on their behalf and accomplish things for them. We do not need the Holy Spirit within us to do religious acts; it is actually an insult to power of the Holy Spirit, if we get caught up in all of this. Instead we should follow the Holy Spirit who will use our character, abilities and our identity to reveal Christ in us and thereby accomplish what is God’s will.
Renewal of our minds
How then do we rely on the Holy Spirit, our entire life? It is a continuous process of the renewal of our minds that transforms us [Romans 12:2]. As we allow our spirit nature to influence our thoughts, words and actions, we allow the Holy Spirit to live through our lives. Through this continual process of renewing of our minds, we will see victory in all those areas of our lives where we struggled. We are no longer self-centered, but Christ-centered. We are no longer Sin-conscious, but Christ-conscious and our lives become a living gospel for the world.
We have been given back all authority on earth and God wants us to use this authority and not live our lives always begging Him to do things for us. If we can only recognize the power of God within us then Jesus’ words in the gospel of Mark will be a reality in our lives.
“And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick and they will recover” [Mark 16:17-18].